AMC Officially Renews The Walking Dead for 13-Episode Second Season

Talk about the no-brainer news of the day: AMC has officially renewed Frank Darabont’s “The Walking Dead” for a second season, which unlike the first season, will arrive next year with 13 full episodes instead of this year’s six. So why the renewal? Here’s a hint:

Today’s announcement also includes Fox International Channels’ (FIC) global renewal for a second season, following record-breaking premiere ratings in 120 countries in Europe, Latin America, Asia and the Middle East. “The Walking Dead” was the highest-rated original series premiere ever to air on FIC simultaneously worldwide.

“The ‘Dead’ has spread!” said Charlie Collier, President, AMC. “No other cable series has ever attracted as many Adults 18-49 as ‘The Walking Dead.’ This reaffirms viewers’ hunger for premium television on basic cable. We are so proud to be bringing back ‘The Walking Dead’ again, across the globe.”

“I wish all programming decisions were no brainers like this one,” said Sharon Tal Yguado, SVP Scripted Programming. “‘The Walking Dead’ is a TV masterpiece on so many levels. We want at least 10 seasons, if not more. Kudos to AMC!”

The third episode of “The Walking Dead”, titled “Tell it to the Frogs”, airs next Sunday on AMC.

Here’s a 3-minute sneak peek at the episode: